A man found guilty of raping three children in Rikhotso village, outside Tzaneen in Limpopo, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Thembi Hadebe welcomed the life sentence handed down to Dineo Prince Sekgobela, 28, by the Tzaneen Regional Court on Tuesday.
The trial court found that the defendant broke into a home on November 12, 2016 and found a 17-year-old girl sleeping with her siblings. He threatened her with a knife and raped the teenager in front of her siblings.
On November 19, 2016, the defendant broke into another house in the same village and found a 17-year-old girl sleeping.
“He also threatened her with a knife and raped her,” said Limpopo Police spokeswoman Brig Motlafela Mojapelo.
“On November 21, 2016, the defendant went to another homestead in the same village and knocked on the door, pretending to ask for water. He then forcibly entered the home and raped a 14-year-old boy.”
Mojapelo said the cases were Detective Sgt. Glenda Mathebula of the Tzaneen Family for Violence, Child Protection and Sex Offenses Unit. After careful investigation, the defendant was arrested and charged with three counts of rape and one count of burglary with intent to rape.
The verdicts were as follows:
- 10 years imprisonment for rape;
- six years for burglary with intent to rape;
- < > 10 years for second rape; and
- a life sentence for the third rape.
The first three sentences will be concurrent with the sentence imposed fourth.
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